You may want want to remove Soundflower by Rogue Amoeba for some reason or another (upgrade?). For me, I noticed my FocusRite Scarlett 6i6 seems to have a driver incompatibility with some versions of SoundFlower, as would not show up in macOS However, Soundflower (for some reason or another) is viewed as required by OS X/macOS, unlike many kext files. I found this surprisingly more difficult than expected.
You're here because you've tried everything to remove SoundFlower:
- You tried the official installer DMG, and the removal AppleScript failed.
- You manually went to /System/Library/Extensions and found that you received the error "Soundflower.kext" can't be modified or deleted because it's required by OS X.
- Tried sudo rm-ing the damned file to find out its a directory and sudo rm -r doesn't work either and returns an Operation not permitted.
- Tried an app zapping app
- You tried Kext signing disabling by plugging in boot args and the first three things still didn't work...
I do have a solution and its not as practical but boot your Mac on another volume OR boot your Mac into Target Disk mode
Launch OS X on your other drive or plug your Mac into your secondary computer
Locate the soundflower.kext in /System/Library/Extensions and drag it to the trash
Try deleting, if your Mac complains, do the following:
- Launch the terminal (its located under Applications/utilities)
- Type in the following:
Sudo rm -r
Note: the trailing space is important
- Drag the icon of the kext into the terminal window, it should fill out the path to the kext file.
- Hit return, your Mac will prompt you for the admin password (this will be the admin password for the drive/computer you are currently booted from, not the password for the drive you are connected to)
- Hit return, it should delete now without any hitches
- Reboot your Mac as normal.